MINDHUNTER season 2 has been released on Netflix featuring a whole new cast of serial killers. The latest series also features the BTK killer in a mor
Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?

Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?

Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?

Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?

Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?

Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?
Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught?
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Mindhunter season two follows the pattern of the first by including a number of real-life criminal cases. Since the first series, one of the recurring characters has been the BTK killer who had a more prominent role in season two when Bill Tench (played by Holt McCallany) began investigating his case. However, the real criminal investigation has a lot more to it than is seen on Mindhunter.

How was the BTK killer caught?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Mindhunter season 2.

Throughout the first season of Mindhunter, each episode opened on an ADT Salesman (Sonny Valicenti) scoping victims and committing crimes.

The identity of this man was slowly revealed to be the BTK killer, which was confirmed in season two when Bill Tench and Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) began investigating his case.

During season two of David Fincher’s Mindhunter, the killer is a major driver in the direction that the FBI agents lead their interviews in.

While he is not caught during the series, the final scene of series two ends on him as he admires the souvenirs he has taken from his killings.

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Mindhunter season 2 BTK strangler

Mindhunter season 2: How was BTK caught? (Image: NETFLIX)

The character of the BTK killer is inspired by the real-life murderer Dennis Rader, who was known as the BTK Strangler.

He gave himself the name, which stands for Bind, Torture, Kill, in letters he sent to the police department and press while he was active.

Between 1974 and 1991, Rader killed 10 people in Wichita, Kansas in brutal circumstances.

During this period, he was not caught by the police for the murders he committed and his case was eventually classified as cold.

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Mindhunter season 2 BTK strangler

Mindhunter season 2: The real BTK killer was Dennis Rader (Image: NETFLIX)

His capture only came after he began sending taunting letters once again to the police and the press in 2004.

One of these was attached to a floppy disk, which he sent to the local news channel KSAS-TV in Wichita.

When the police examined the file, they were able to find metadata embedded in a deleted Microsoft Word document on the floppy disk.

This contained the words Christ Lutheran Church and that the document was last edited by a Dennis.

A simple internet search managed to connect them to Dennis Rader who was president of the church council.

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Mindhunter season 2 BTK strangler

Mindhunter season 2: The BTK killer features throughout the show (Image: NETFLIX)

Investigators also knew that the killer drove a black Jeep Cherokee after he was caught on CCTV planting another letter for the police to find.

Alongside this, they were able to extract DNA from one of his victims, Vicki Wegerle, which they proved belonged to him.

Rader was arrested in February 2005 while driving near his home in Park City.

When arrested it is reported the officer asked, "Mr. Rader, do you know why you're going downtown?" and Rader replied, "Oh, I have suspicions why."

He revealed in his interrogation with the police that he had been planning to kill again and was stalking his intended victim.

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Mindhunter season 2 BTK strangler

Mindhunter season 2: The series is now on Netflix (Image: NETFLIX)

Rader was eventually sentenced on August 18, 2005, after he entered a guilty plea in his trial.

The convicted murderer is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Whether we might see him brought to justice in the Netflix series remains to be seen as the timeframe of the show is currently in the '80s.

This could mean that the next season of the show may feature a time jump to resolve this.

Mindhunter season 1 & 2 are available to watch on Netflix now

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